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Just my opinion, but after riding 3 or 4 hours to get there, going to a limited hours-stand in line great place, to have them run out of meat before I get to order, is not for me - no matter how good or great they are, I'm okay with good BBQ places that I know will be open & have meat available when I get there. Like I said earlier, Coopers probably won't make anybody's top 5, but I've never had a bad meal there.Can't see the secret location behind that facebook link
Coopers is controversial - lots folks give it a 👎 (me included). Stiles Switch is quite decent. Not Franklin / Snows level (nothing else matches those) but good. I've not tried Black's in Austin, but the Lockhart location is good - Smitty's is my Lockhart fav.
My finding is:
If the restaurant is open "normal" hours, the BBQ isn't great. Open when ready, closed when sold out - that's how you can tell the BBQ is other-worldly good. It just takes too long and too hard to time to have perfectly prepped brisket ready from late morning thru 8pm or later. By this test: GREAT really means great - and that's Franklin and Snows - there are likely others, I just don't know 'em. Many other places have VERY GOOD brisket, just not great.
Ya know, this is a really good point. I think this is why you ask 20 people for their opinion on BBQ and you get 45 answers. I try not to rate (or recommend) any BBQ joint until I have visited it at least 3 times....BBQ is impossible to have perfection with every plate for anyone. Anyone! ...
Yep, I have raved about Snows for years finally took the wife this weekend. It was normally a bike ride destination with the guys
Brisket quality was honestly about Rudys brisket level not bad but not worth the drive this trip especially when there others that seem more consistent closer to home. But we had a nice drive, spent some quality time together toured the old brewery remains in LaGrange so all in all a great saturday outing